Importance of Men's Health - Preventing the Top Threats

Importance of Men's Health: Preventing the top threats

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When it comes to monitoring and early diagnosis, men's health sometimes comes behind women's health. Evidence however reveals that, in contrast to women, men are far more likely to smoke and consume alcohol and typically lead to less balanced lifestyles. 

Men are often more likely to defer regular tests and to delay the healthcare provider's involvement for indications of a health condition. In contrast with working women, the chances of men getting a daily physician and health insurance are smaller. 

Fortunately, most of those illnesses and disorders affecting men may be avoided, or managed-if detected early. Men must acknowledge their risks and how this will benefit their overall wellbeing, and begin taking better care of their health.  

Did you know what the greatest threats to men's health are? Well, the list is notably short. Some of the most common health issues of men are- coronary disease, lung, testicular and colon cancer and osteoporosis in the later age, along with the most severe dietary complications. There is still good news; men can unquestionably reduce the risk of these common health killers by making marginal changes in their lifestyles.

Heart Disease  

There are certain risk factors for heart disease, which include:

  • High blood cholesterol levels
  • Increasing age
  • High blood pressure
  • Physical inactivity
  • Obesity
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Family history of early onset of heart disease

Nutritional implications to curtail the risk:

  • Lessen the consumption of saturated fat, which is found in high-fat dairy products and meat, and avoid trans fat, which is found in snack foods (packaged snacks), and baked goods.
  • Increase the intake of high fibre foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, dry nuts, and seeds.
  • Limiting your alcohol consumption can work wonders to your health.
  • Increase in the intake of Omega 3 Fatty Acid has always benefitted a human body as it keeps the blood vessels healthy and maintains the required blood pressure in your body.

Cancer

There are certain risk factors for cancer, which include:

  • Low fibre diet
  • Excessive alcohol intake
  • High-fat diet
  • Overweight/obesity 
  • Physical inactivity

Nutritional implications to curtail the risk:

  • Lycopene is a major carotenoid in human blood, which protects against oxidative damage to lipids, proteins, and DNA. It is found in fruits and vegetables like guava, watermelon, rosehip, pink grapefruit, and also the reason behind the red colouration of tomatoes. According to research, Lycopene can prevent prostate cancer in men.
  • Consumption of cruciferous vegetables, which include broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale, and cabbage can lower the risk of prostate cancer.
  • A high-fibre diet is equally essential for men's heart health and plays a significant role in reducing the risk of colon cancer.

Osteoporosis

Some individuals think that osteoporosis is a disease usually associated with women. However, men are at a potential risk too.

There are certain risk factors for osteoporosis, which include:

  • Family history
  • Long-term use of corticosteroid 
  • Tobacco consumption
  • Increasing age  
  • Low calcium intake
  • Physical inactivity 
  • Excessive use of soda or alcohol

Nutritional implications to curtail the risk:

  • It is recommended for men to get at least 1000mg of calcium every day. The best sources of calcium being milk, cheese, and yoghurt. For good heart health, look for low-fat and fat-free dairy products.
  • Avoiding heavy drinking because alcohol trims the chances of bone formation and intervenes with your body's capability to consume calcium.
  • Also, make sure you consult your doctor before taking any kind of vitamins or minerals in supplement form.

Stop bypassing your doctor.

Do not wait to visit a doctor until something is severely wrong. Your doctor will be your best comrade in health and disease prevention. If you have complications with your health, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes, seek your doctor's advice. Consult the doctor if there is any preventive treatment available, such as cancer screening, vaccine and other health tests.

The Bottom Line

One thing is to consider health risks; another is to reduce the risks. Begin by selecting a healthier lifestyle. The effect may be more significant than you could realise.

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